Tennessee Basketball: Jeronne Maymon Is Sneaking into the SEC Elite

Mark AlewineContributor IJanuary 29, 2012

Almost unnoticed, Tennessee junior Jeronne Maymon has edged his way into the top frontcourt players in the SEC after his sixth double-digit scoring performance in as many conference games.

Thanks in large part to the addition of freshman Jarnell Stokes, Maymon’s numbers rival any big man in the SEC.

His 19 rebounds in Saturday’s win over Auburn are more than the season highs for Anthony Davis, Arnett Moultrie, Patric Young and Festus Ezeli (who will all be in the NBA next season)—it even tops former Kentucky rebounding machine DeMarcus Cousins’ career high with the Wildcats.

Maymon’s PPG in conference play is more than three points higher than Young or Ezeli, and his rebounding average against the SEC is nearly even with Davis.

Paired with Stokes, the two have dominated Tennessee’s offensive production, accounting for 42 percent of the Vols’ scoring since Stokes’ debut against Kentucky on Jan. 14.

Maymon’s defensive play has also placed him among the SEC’s elite. Ezeli, Andre Drummond and Alex Oriakhi were all held to six points or less against the Vols, and Moultrie finished with what is by far his lowest rebound total of the season with Maymon in the paint.

Considering his teammates have accumulated some of the worst shooting statistics in the conference (Tennessee’s starting backcourt shot 2-of-20 against Auburn), Maymon deserves All-SEC consideration come season’s end.